Thinking back on breakfasts growing up, the joy always came in weekend breakfasts – whether it was pancakes or scrambled eggs and fruit at home, or the morning after a sleepover. The best houses to spend the night at? The moms who made brunch, of course!
It didn’t have to be homemade. A friend of mine would convince her mom to go to a bakery before we woke up to snag chocolate croissants (seriously, we were spoiled! Oh, to be in middle school again). But the best sleepover breakfast in my memory?
A baked pancake, or ‘dutch baby.’ While I think we ate them plain with more sugar on top and lemon juice, I took my memory in a different direction with the season and injected apple cider and sautéed apples into the mix, using this recipe as a base. Who knew making breakfast for a crowd could be so easy!
- 1 large apple
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup apple cider
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar and lemon slices to serve
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Slice your apple thinly and begin sautéing them in a 10-12 inch diameter cast iron pan with butter and cinnamon until soft.
- In the meantime, prepare your pancake batter. In a blender or food processor, combine eggs, flour, apple cider, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Blend for 30 seconds until frothy.
- Once the apples are mostly cooked through, spread them in an even layer along the bottom of the pan and pour the pancake batter on top.
- Immediately transfer the hot pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and slice into 4 pieces. Serve warm with powdered sugar and a squeeze or lemon, or additional cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup.
While dutch babies typically puff up in the oven as they’re baked, they deflate quickly – especially since this one was weighed down with apple slices inside the batter. The flavor profile is subtly sweet and eggy, perfect for fall with the warm buttery apples, and even better with some powdered sugar and lemon juice for serving!
Perfect for a crowd, and far easier than flipping pancakes all morning long. What’s your favorite leisurely weekend breakfast?